By Jasmine Deloatch Assistant Editor of the New Journal and Guide
With summer comes the grill lighting and outside gatherings, but this summer, staying healthy may have a new meaning. Being healthy as the weather warms up includes being COVID-19 safe, as well as eating healthy and exercising.
Outside gatherings are recommended, opposed to gathering indoors, but health officials still encourage a six foot distance and the wearing of a mask. Make sure to keep up with the latest recommendations from health officials to keep your summer gatherings as safe as possible.
Making a health plan before gatherings can keep you on track for when the food is ready. Going bun-less is a great way to cut carbs and calories. Choosing veggies instead of chips is another great alternative! Grilled vegetables are always a good idea! Swap the tea and lemonade for infused water. Lemons, strawberries, cucumbers and blueberries make for great flavored water.
Salads are a summer favorite! Creating them can often times be just as fun as eating them and there’s no specific recipe. You can start with your preferred greens and even add cabbage and other vegetables. You can top it off with a protein like chicken, fish or steak. Adding your favorite cheese is next and your favorite nuts and seeds as well! Salads are an easy way to get in your greens and protein, all while cutting the carbs out.
Incorporating exercise into your summer fun can often be second nature. After the grilling is over, take a walk around the neighborhood with family as opposed to the sit down talks that normally occur after eating. Creating an activity that involves movement for your guests can also boost the mood as well. Kickball or Volleyball in the backyard are a few fun games that can be played without a lot of excess equipment and while still keeping a six foot distance.
Choosing to stand rather than sit, if able, is also a great way to keep moving without thinking too much about it. Summer is a great time to get active and create new memories while staying on track health-wise.